Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told about the coincidence of interests of Russia and the U.S. in Afghanistan

The interests of the United States and Russia coincide on Afghanistan, and Moscow is ready for a constructive cooperation with Washington. Russian Presidential Special Representative for Afghanistan and Director of the Second Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov said this on Wednesday, July 14.

“They [the United States] have to be constructive because they are in a hopeless position. They have to justify themselves somehow in this situation. I say absolutely without gloating. We are practitioners and pragmatists, we need to address our national interests, Russia’s security interests in the long term,” he told

Kabulov added that Americans are important partners for Russia in this regard, and this is almost the only field where Russia and the U.S. cooperate effectively.

“At least we want the same thing. We appreciate this and we do it in our own interests and in the interests of our allies. At the same time, it turns out, it coincides with the interests of the United States. Well, we’re ready to have that conversation,” the special envoy said.

He noted that he plans to attend an international conference in Tashkent called “Central and South Asia: Regional Interconnectedness. Challenges and Opportunities. The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, who Kabulov plans to meet with, will also attend.

Kabulov also said that a coalition government should be established in Afghanistan, which in two or three years would be able to determine the future form of government in the country and to agree on other parameters.

A day earlier, it became known that the U.S. had already completed the process of withdrawal of its military contingent from Afghanistan by 95%.

Ramiz Alakbarov, United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan, said on July 13 that the UN recorded an increase in the number of deaths and injuries among civilians in the country against the background of the withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition troops from the state.